Strauss Don Quixote – Bass Part
Edited by Paul Ellison
Title: Don Quixote
Composer: Richard Strauss
Edited By: Paul Ellison
The bass part for Strauss' Don Quixote, Op. 35 has been edited by Paul Ellison, in-demand double bassist, professor, presenter, and former Houston Symphony Orchestra principal bassist of 23 years. Ellison's bowings, fingerings and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score.
Richard Strauss' Don Quixote is a tone poem for cello, viola and large orchestra. Don Quixote was completed in Munich in 1897, with the premiere taking place in Cologne in March 1898. Strauss' composition is based on the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. The score is 45 minutes long and is written in theme and variations form, with each variation representing a different "episode" or story. All of these episodes are taken directly from the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello representing Don Quixote, and the solo viola, tenor tuba, and bass clarinet depicting the comic Sancho Panza.
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Dear bassist or interested party,
All my editing is done in the spirit of "living editions." They are never finished or to be considered set in stone. Bowings, articulations, fingerings, dynamics and phrasings may change with conductors, historical performance considerations, change of instrument, bow or strings, differing venues, individual physical considerations, change of climate or altitude not to mention additional acquired knowledge or change in personal taste. Asking oneself to have about five ways to play most passages seems to cover the fluctuating circumstances mentioned in addition to giving oneself reason and context for choices to be made. Each set of performances of any major work is likely to prompt some change(s). The very nature and future of music as an art form demands live, dynamic, fresh interpretations which frequently necessitates realizing that there actually is no "rule book" and that the "bass police" will never actually show up.
Please accept this editing in the spirit of knowing that our skills and abilities are in constant flux and may require many possibilities. Here's to great music making.
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